Is daith piercing something that you should try as a migraine treatment? Many people are saying yes.
Back in to 2015, a post I wrote criticized articles that touted the benefits of daith piercing, even though they cited little to no evidence. As a result, a huge discussing has started about the benefits and evidence behind daith piercing.
I’m starting off with some of the information shared in the comments on the original post.
- Richard pointed us to a YouTube series about daith piercing for migraine from Tanya Welch. See those here: Daith piercing and migraines
- Danny Buchta, who does piercings, wrote: I have done this piercing for about 50 migraine sufferers in the past two months and all but one have found total relief in the short term and that one still said her migraines have been reduced.
- Natalie Thompson has a Facebook Group (now a closed group) called The Daith Club – for migraineurs
- Stephen Stratton has offered to watch the situation closely: Hi guys , I’m from England and came across this thread when searching for related articles, I am a qualified nurse and have a degree in Health Studies, I am also a Body Piercer, over the past few months I have had an increasing amount of migraine sufferer’s contact me for the Daith Piercing as a possibility that it may reduce the frequency or severity of their migraines, as with many comments in this thread, when all else fails … I am now intrigued by the possibility if any casual link, research is virtually non existent and so I have decided to conduct, hopefully, a study – its very early days yet , through social media I have requested that sufferers contact me for the piercing and I will over the next two years monitor any results, if anyone has any information or suggestions that may help me form a sound study, then please get in touch – thank you – steve ([email protected])
- This from Amanda: I was a migraine sufferer, constantly having migraines everyday for months at a time. If the weather became cloudy I was hurting. I heard about this piercing and decided a $30 piercing that WAS NOT PERMANENT was well worth the trial after so many meds and hospital visit. It has now been one full month and the only way I can tell when its gonna rain is because of my ankle, not my head any longer. Yes one full month no migraines, it feels amazing to wake up with no pain, I was one willing to try anything…the piercings don’t look too bad and definitely was well worth the $30. If you are suffering and willing to try something that can be undone then by all means try this it helped me
- Emily wrote: Hi! I wanted to write and tell you my personal experience. I get migraine headaches. I was in the emergency room once a week for headaches so debilitating I could not even speak. I got my daith pierced because $40 is less than my copay. I am about four months post piercing and have not suffered a migraine since. I do get headaches occasionally but pulling on the ring and massaging the area helps to calm it down and gets it to go away within minutes…
- This from body art tatoos: I have been doing body piercings for over 23 years, I have recently had a increase in the daith piercing ( migraine piercing ). I have been asking customers to keep me informed on there progress, 8 out of 10 customers after one month claim they still are migraine free, several are local nurses that there doctors suggested for the to try it, and so far has worked on most, most have been women and said the pain is very little, and it is a harder piercing to take care of because that part of the ear collects dirt much more than the rest so keep it clean, we have noticed that you must Pierce the side the migraine starts on, but if your migraine starts in the back or front of the head in the center it’s best to Pierce both sides, last week I pierced both sides of one of my tattoo artist daiths for his migraine and to his surprise his migraine went away on the spot, but since then he has only had one small headache that didn’t require him to take medication , so far so good, but like I said in the being it seems to work only for about 80 percent of people who get it done, 10 percent claims of a decrease in pain and other 10 percent claims did not work for them, good luck to those who choose to try it.
This is a representative list – there were a few who said the piercing didn’t help (in one case made things worse), but in most cases the reports were positive.
If you have a story, positive or negative, please share it. If you are aware of any trials, or any doctors who have been reporting on patients who have had daith piercings, please share that as well.